Participation. Cooperation. Social Transformation.

CERi promotes principles of participation, cooperation, social transformation and knowledge translation to lift up and strengthen the capacity of SFU’s researchers and students, to engage respectfully and ethically with community members. 

Research that supports positive community change.

Based out of the new 312 Main co-working space in downtown Vancouver, CERi is SFU's first research infrastructure developed for the purpose of extending community-engaged research to provincial, national and international communities.

Simon Fraser University’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) is a new university-wide strategic initiative of the Office of the Vice-President, Research.

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  • November 08, 2022

    November 08, 2022

    Join two members of the CERi team Steven Ta and Grey Nguyen in a video detailing their daily experiences at SFU CERi. From interviewing community-engaged researchers to making designs for social media, the CERi co-op experience is well-documented in this short video.

  • In the article Increasing social connectivity and wellness for newcomers in Burnaby: A community-engaged research story, Dr. Surita Parashar and Research Advisor Anna Vorobyova alongside SFU Master of Public Health students Azra Bhanji and Catherine Trudeau completed a participatory research project to address the impacts of COVID-19 and social isolation on racialized newcomers in Burnaby. Their project was completed in collaboration with Burnaby community agencies.

  • This blog features the research of CERi's Fall 2021 Graduate Fellow Jack Farrell. He is a PhD student at the School of Criminology and an instructor at Columbia College.

  • CERi is excited to welcome renowned, Indigenous artist, writer, and storyteller from the Sahtu Dene & Coast Salish peoples Rosemary Georgeson to the Researchers-in-Residence Program.

  • CERi is excited to welcome SFU Professor of Anthropology Dr. Dara Culhane as a Researcher-in-Residence from May to December 2022.

  • This blog is authored by Dr. Kari Grain, author of Critical Hope, and CERi Special Research Associate. Dr. Grain has been with CERi for almost three years and has led the CERi Fellowship Program, written foundational documents on Ethics in CER, and now leads a community-engaged research project focusing on community-centered immigrant services in partnership with Burnaby Family Life. Dr. Grain’s book, Critical Hope, is being released May 2022.


  • DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 26. CERi’s Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to facilitate community-engaged research through a combination of financial support, mentorship, peer learning and professional development.

  • CERi’s Community-Engaged Research Funding Program is a grant program available to SFU faculty and graduate students.

  • In partnership with Vancouver Island University, the University of Northern British Columbia, and University of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University Library coordinates a program to provide staff of charitable and non-profit organizations in British Columbia with access to the latest research and knowledge in their fields.

  • CERi’s Researchers-in-Residence program supports and promotes SFU faculty members actively practicing community-engaged research or whose research involves CER methods. CERi is delighted to welcome Taco Niet, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, and Dara Culhane, Professor, Department of Anthropology, to the Researchers-in-Residence program. Taco will begin his journey with CERi in January 2022, and Dara will start in May 2022.

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